to make their mind up. >> if the debates happen really late in the cycle and by this time most americans have made up their mind. >> i think the debates don't matter much. >> they matter and they have matter add great deal, some years a they have not mattered t all. >> colbert: so, we pundits don't know whether debates matter but we do know whether debate over whether debates matter, matter. >> bottom line, bottom line, these meaningless, useless debates are crucial. especially for the romney campaign. >> the romney campaign looks at this as very, very important tonight, they recognize this is the biggest opportunity for him to introduce himself to the country. they don't know hillary. this is the time for him to introduce himself. people don't know mitt romney. and we live in a very distracted age where everybody has ipads, ipods, blueberries, they have stuff in their ear. >> oh, i'm sorry. i'm sorry. all right. all right.